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Small Scale Solar ORC system for distributed power
Orosz, Matthew; Mueller, Amy; Quoilin, Sylvain et al.
2009
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Keywords :
Solar Thermal; Organic Rankine Cycle; Distributed Power Generation
Abstract :
[en] A solar thermal organic Rankine cycle (ORC) can provide affordable energy supplies in remote regions. The advent of low-cost medium temperature parabolic trough collectors and ORC technology taking advantage of mass produced fluid machinery from HVAC industries are enabling developments for the production of small scale autonomous power generation units. Construction and testing of this type of system is discussed, including benchmarking of scrolls expanders (up to 75% isentropic effieiency) and the field testing of solar collectors (50% thermal efficiency at 150°C operating temperatures) with a nominal cost of $80 m-2. These results have led to the construction of a full-scale 3kW solar ORC power system designed to support a rural health clinic in Lesotho in southern Africa.
Disciplines :
Energy
Author, co-author :
Orosz, Matthew;  Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT > Environmental Engineering > Parsons Laboratory > Grad Student
Mueller, Amy;  Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT > Environmental Engineering > Parsons Laboratory > Grad Student
Quoilin, Sylvain  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département d'aérospatiale et mécanique > Thermotechnique
Hemond, Harold;  Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT > Environmental Engineering > Parsons Laboratory > Professor
Language :
English
Title :
Small Scale Solar ORC system for distributed power
Publication date :
2009
Event name :
Conference SolarPaces 2009
Event organizer :
SolarPaces
Event place :
Berlin, Germany
Audience :
International
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
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